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Arum Bends: Gives Mayweather Deadline For Late May

By David "Los Gatos" Rosenberg

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum has given Floyd Mayweather Jr. until Saturday to get the ball rolling on a late-May welterweight unification with Manny Pacquiao, according to information provided to Sports Illustrated. Mayweather, who is scheduled to return on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas - will have to agree to a date in late May - but Arum is willing to bend on the venue. Arum will back away from his plan of an outdoor venue and stage the fight at the MGM Grand.

Arum proposes a 50-50 deal, but the veteran promoter is only willing to guarantee Pacquiao's 50%. A third party, Golden Boy Promotions or otherwise, will have to guarantee Mayweather 50% of the take. If someone guarantee's Mayweather's 50%, and both sides agree to a date in late-May, then Arum says the fight can be "made in ten minutes."

If the ball is not rolling by Saturday, then Pacquiao will return on a date in June - against either Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley or Lamont Peterson.

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Comment by LeadUppercut on 01-13-2012

[QUOTE=PennyAnd1;11662356]That's when he's talking about a regular fighter. Floyd is different, they say thy can make 30 million more in a different stadium. All Floyd has to do is agree and problem solve.[/QUOTE] Penny..... still frantically waving his manny-flag. The…

Comment by PennyAnd1 on 01-13-2012

[QUOTE=Light_Speed;11658886]"I'm not married to May 5, so Manny could fight on another date in May," Arum said. "[B]If Manny's opponent is Marquez, I'd be much more married to the date[/B]." [URL="http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7425490/manny-pacquiao-presented-four-options-next-fight"]http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7425490/manny-pacquiao-presented-four-options-next-fight[/URL] And people take this joker seriously. :lol1:[/QUOTE] That's when…

Comment by PennyAnd1 on 01-13-2012

[QUOTE=Light_Speed;11658244]But you're the one who was arguing about maximizing profits by waiting until the stadium is ready. Now all of a sudden you don't care about making the most money? Well that's assuming the MGM Grand has other dates available…

Comment by EdMon917 on 01-13-2012

Another deadline? LOL like it worked last time.

Comment by PennyAnd1 on 01-13-2012

[QUOTE=Big Dunn;11658200]But when Bob booked Cowboy Stadium ahead of a deal you had no problem with it so which is it? Bottom line, Manny is refusing to fight and the media is holding him to the same stabdard the have…

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